Officials Concerned With Roads in Marshall County

In monitoring a vast region of Marshall County to help ensure water service to rural residents, Public Service District 4 board member Jim Thomas sees the continuous poor condition of roads – and he is fed up with it.

On Tuesday during a meeting of the Marshall County Commission meeting, commissioners Don Mason and Bob Miller assured Thomas they are doing all they can to keep pressure on the West Virginia Division of Highways in an effort to see the roads repaired.

“I went home the other day and there is a cone in a pothole,” Thomas said. “Please talk to somebody. This is a shame. There has got to be money.”

Mason and Miller told Thomas they continue to emphasize the problem whenever meeting with DOH officials or members of the state Legislature.

Unlike Ohio, in which county and township officials have authority over most rural roads, the DOH is responsible for maintaining virtually all roadways in the Mountain State, unless they are streets within the boundaries of a city.

In other matters, Mason and Miller approved a $10,000 grant to help the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department purchase a new ambulance.

They also approved a $4,000 grant to help pay for renovations at the John Marshall High School football field.

Commissioners will next meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the county courthouse on Seventh Street in Moundsville.